Following recent criticism of its immigration practices, the UK has announced a new education partnership with India. This is a huge step for both countries, as their relationship has hinged heavily on education exports in recent years. The New York Times looks more into this Britain and India education partnership.
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the new Britain and India Education partnership while in India for a British Trade Mission.
He reiterated that there is no limit to the number of Indian students that can come study in Britain and that there will be job opportunities for them, something which they had been criticized for earlier. Universities UK, an advocacy group for British universities, praised the partnership.
Some of the bigger parts of the plan involve the use of Britain’s Massive open online courses (MOOCs), as well as free content from British universities and the British Library.
Other new initiatives include a training program by the British Council, which will produce 1.5 million teachers in India by 2017,a partnership between Cambridge and the Indian government to establish a Center for Chemical Biology and Therapeutics, and scholarships by the London School of Economics for Postgrad Indian students.
A full list of the agreements between the two countries can be found here.
This Britain and India education partnership means many more opportunities in both India and the UK for Indian students and should serve to greatly change the landscape of education in both countries.